ACCORDING to the BBC, the last of five gold artefacts hidden in Scunthorpe as part of an artistic treasure hunt has been discovered.

The replica ammonite shell was found by Beckie Allen, from Grimsby, at the base of a fence post in Scunthorpe's High Street East.

The objects were hidden by artist Luke Jerram for his installation Treasure City, with clues placed in paintings at the 2021 arts centre.

All five objects are replicas of pieces at North Lincolnshire Museum and were made from gold worth £1,000, but could be worth much more.

People had to study five paintings and solve the code within them to find and keep the artefacts.


Better late than never I suppose....the Daily Express tells us that a 200 year old bank note has been returned decades after it was stolen.

It was contained in an envelope dotted with Caribbean stamps - but had no return address -sent from the West Indies to the Padstow Museum in Cornwall.

The Padstow Bank £1 note was stolen from the museum more than 30 years ago.

Current curator John Buckingham said: “I just opened it and there was no covering letter or anything. There was a plastic sleeve, like the type a collector might use, and inside was this £1 note.

“The note was issued by the Padstow Bank in 1819 and I knew we had a note like that in the collection.

"So I got out my book and my magnifying glass and checked the note I had been sent with the one in the book about the museum which was published in the 1970s. It was the same note.”


After years buried underneath a farmer's field in Shropshire, a underground place of worship believed to have been used by the Knights Templar has been rediscovered, reports the Daily Express.

The cave is believed to date back 700 years and was found behind a rabbit hole.

The Knights Templars were literally forced underground by King Philip IV of France when he publicly burnt several of its prominent members at the stake.

The religious group were rumoured to have carried round the Holy Grail, most commonly identified as the cup that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper.


The Guardian tells us that love letters between the composer Benjamin Britten and the tenor Peter Pears have gone on display in an exhibition at The Red House in Aldeburgh, the Suffolk home Britten shared with Pears, marking the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act when homosexual acts between men over 21 in England and Wales were decriminalised.

The exhibition also includes a letter written by the codebreaker Alan Turing, who pleaded guilty to gross indecency in 1952 and, given the choice between jail and probation, accepted chemical castration.  (Turing and other people who had been convicted in the past, were granted a posthumous pardon in January 2017). 


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